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Everything follows Why (7): the DIKW model

Recently, I noticed a diagram on LinkedIn that I want to share with you. It’s known as the Data- Information-Knowledge-Wisdom (DIKW) model or pyramid. This diagram has many fathers (eg, Jay Liebowitz-1999) but its origin is uncertain. Wiki: “[] many authors agreed that DIKW, at least IKW, originated from the play The Rock by T. S. Eliot in 1934.”

Last Tuesday, I suddenly realised that this DIKW model supports my thesis that Everything follows Why (my blogs: part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6).

Moreover, it connects various of my blog labels: Data-Info, Knowledge and Wisdom

In my view, it also shows why Knowledge = Power as knowing How is a powerful tool in life.

It also shows, in my view, why Wisdom is beyond Power (and – obviously – Knowledge).

There is also an uncanny similarity with the 3 collective development stages in Life: Needs, Wants & Beliefs (my blogs) and the 4th individual stage, an Awakening (my blogs). 

The Needs stage is about obtaining raw data, the Wants stage is about retrieving information (from data), while the Beliefs stage is characterized by believing in the value of that information. These beliefs are represented by monism (a belief in Power), or dualism (a belief that Knowledge equals Power), or trialism (a belief in the triangle of Love, Knowledge & Power). 

An Awakening does not appear to be a collective development stage in Life; only individuals seem to be able to reach this stage. Wisdom has the same characteristics as an Awakening.

The above is the reason why I like philosophy, “the study of general and fundamental questions, such as those about reason, existence, knowledge, values, mind, and language” (Wiki).

Last but not least, the quote from The Rock (1934) by T. S. Eliot (1888-1965):

Where is the Life we have lost in living? 
Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? 
Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?

Where is the Love (1972) by Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway
artist-1, artist-2, lyrics, video, Wiki-1, Wiki-2, Wiki-3

Note: all markings (bolditalic, underlining) by LO unless stated otherwise.


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